PALO ALTO, CA – Electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors is expanding its retail network this month – opening stores in Bellevue, Wash.; Newport Beach, Calif. and Chicago – to market the company’s upcoming Model S electric sedan. The car is due to go on sale next year.

A Tesla Model S display at a Tesla store

A Tesla Model S display at a Tesla store

On Nov. 5, Tesla Bellevue Square opened at a shopping center in Bellevue, Wash. The store features a display of a Model S Beta prototype and Model S drivetrain components, highlighting Tesla’s electric powertrain and battery architecture.

Tesla opened a store in Chicago’s Oakbrook Center on Nov. 12. A store opening is set for Newport Beach, California’s Fashion Island on Nov. 18. 

Tesla locations include hands-on exhibits, interactive touch-screen displays, and a design center where visitors can customize their own Model S.

“Tesla is reinventing the way people buy cars, with stores designed to engage and inform prospective customers," said Tesla CEO and co-founder Elon Musk. "Located in high foot-traffic locations, Tesla stores are designed to introduce people to Tesla’s advanced electric car technology and show the benefits of driving electric.”

The Model S comes with three battery pack options – 160-, 230- and 300-mile ranges. The car can be recharged using any conventional outlet and is capable of a fast charge of 45 minutes. 

The centerpiece of the interior is a 17-inch touchscreen with wireless connectivity for streaming radio, Web browsing and navigation.